The true source of the problem
I agree with Jim Kavanagh (“From the Morning Read inbox,” June 27).
However, he should have thought he and his wife lucky not to be paired with that twosome. Then he might have felt obligated to help them look for balls.
My wife and I also travel to play golf. She has been playing golf since she was 8 years old and now is 62. Her father taught her and his other kids to play ready golf; slow play was not tolerated.
On a trip to Palm Springs, Calif., a few years ago, we were paired with another twosome. Those two guys were terrible golfers. On the third hole, the marshal shows up and immediately comes over to our cart and tells us that we are behind and to move along. I was very proud of my wife, who politely told the marshal to watch our group on the next hole. I was not so polite, but that's just me. The marshal did and came up to us and apologized after talking to the other twosome.
Sadly, whenever there is slow play on a course, the marshals always seem to look for a group with a woman because they think that she must be the problem instead of doing their job and watching to see who is the problem.
A playing lesson
I have played all over the country, in England, Scotland and some of Europe and have played many rounds with women, and I can't remember having a bad time with them.
Once in Georgia, I was assigned to play with another guy when a young man came running up and told us that he and his wife would be joining us and ran off to get his wife. The other guy started to complain about women golfers.
After all of “us guys” had hit, expecting her to move to the front tees, we were surprised to see her use our tees. The other guy groaned until he saw her drive sail out beyond his. It was then explained to us that she had played No. 1 on the University of Georgia's women's golf team.
To put it bluntly, she kicked our butts, and the other guy just shut up.
Other than in tournaments, golf is for fun, so make it that way. Before you show disrespect to a woman joining your group, let her play first and enjoy the company.
Idaho Falls, Idaho
It suits their games to a tee
There’s no need for official permission to use a tee anywhere on the course (“From the Morning Read inbox,” June 26).
My three sons and two grandsons started that way. They used a tee for a couple of years until they developed the skill and confidence to stop. It worked great. They had fun and loved the game right from the very first time.
We now frequently and fondly reminisce about it when playing together and seeing someone struggle.
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